Will.i.am joined Nicki Minaj on the 2010 MTV VMA pre-show stage and people are talking more about his choice of attire than the performance.
Well… actually, his attire was fine. It was his make-up (that some considered “blackface”) that caused such a stir.
Will.i.am in “blackface”
Will recently defended his choice of makeup.He writes via his twitter:
1st. just because I where all black including head mask as expression and emphasize my outfit, it shouldn’t be looked at as racial…
Let go of the past. there are far more important things 2 bark about. (Jobs, health, education) not a black man wearing all black everything
Are you guys serious? my outfit set “black people back 100 yrs” choose your twits wisely. no education sets people back, no jobs, bad health
I dunno about his makeup setting “black people back 100 years” but it certainly mimicked the days of old.
In case you missed Will.i.am and Nicki’s pre-show performance. Check it out below: